The Five Steps of Coaching & Progressive Discipline

Coaching and progressive discipline is the process for both dealing with teaching employee’s new skills as well as dealing with job-related behavior that does not meet expected performance standards. The primary purpose of progressive discipline is to assist the employee to understand that a performance problem or opportunity for improvement exists. The goal of this process is to have the employee improve their performance to average or above-average expectations, but sometimes this doesn’t happen. In these instances, there must be a commitment to move forward with a separation or the entire process becomes meaningless.

Do you need a written PTO policy?

The Importance of Having a Written PTO Policy Employment law does not mandate the allowance of paid time off (PTO) to employees for events such as vacations, personal time, and sick days.  It is, however, a best practice of  Employers of Choice. Employers have flexibility regarding the amount of time off, if any, they will offer to … Continued

Quiz Corner: Employee Performance Evaluations

There is no law that mandates you provide your employees with annual written performance evaluations.  However, it is important to document any performance issues and an annual evaluation is one way to help do that.

Interview Best Practices

There is a right and a wrong way to get the information you need during the interview process. Test your knowledge by identifying if the following questions would be deemed appropriate to ask while interviewing a potential candidate.

Quiz Corner: Salaried Nonexempt Employees and OT

Quiz Corner: Salaried Nonexempt Employees and OT Q: Are companies required to pay overtime to employees classified as salaried nonexempt? If so, how is overtime calculated? ​A: Yes. An employee can be classified as nonexempt and be paid on a salary basis, but he or she will remain subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act … Continued

Is it Time to Outsource Your HR?

You Know it’s Time to Outsource HR When… By Lauren Kersten, HR Manager ESC has been working with for-profit and non-profit organizations of various sizes and industries for over 20 years. During the conversion process, we find that many of our new clients have things in common that helped them make the decision to outsource. … Continued

Quiz Corner: Separating New Employees

Employers should address concerns about performance, attendance or behavior early in the employment relationship. Overlooking problems may cause employees to believe their performance is acceptable, thus making later disciplinary action seem unfair, discriminatory or retaliatory.

Seminar: Achieving High Performance with HR Best Practices

It’s no secret that in this day & age, a dynamic corporate culture matters and will ultimately lead to a more profitable business. The seminar focuses on HR best practices for business owners and organizations across multiple industries.

Building Trust in the Workplace

Who Will Catch You? Remember when you would participate in the “trust falls” while spending your time at summer camp as a kid?  With great anticipation, excitement and maybe even fear you would fall back and your partner or team would catch you.  Although it all seemed like fun and games at the time, the … Continued